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Sunday, January 6, 2019

When Auto Recalls Impact Car Seat Safety

Q: Is my car preventing proper car seat installation?

Of all the serious problems car owners and lessees face with their vehicles across-the-board, one thing that really rattles the cages of parents and grandparents is hearing of an auto recall that could impact child car seat safety.

General motor defects attorneys have learned that the automaker is recalling almost 16,000 2018- 2019 sedans, plug-in hybrids, and SUVs because “a faulty seatbelts component could prevent a child car seat from being properly installed”. Specifically, the recall involves the “automatic locking retractor” which is responsible for locking the seatbelt so a car seat doesn’t move. Obviously, if a car seat moves in a crash situation, the risk of injury to the child may increase.

Reportedly, “only certain seating positions are affected” so owners may be able to avoid the problems by installing their car seats in a different, non-affected sitting position. According to an auto safety engineer at the Consumer Reports Auto Tech Center, using the lower LATCH anchors to install the car seat in cases where the combined weight of the child and car seat is under 65 pounds is an option, but in cases over 65 pounds the safest option is to use a different vehicle.

Affected vehicles reportedly include Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Suburban SUV, GMC Yukon XL SUV, and Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bubbling Blistering Paint Causes Trouble for Ford

Q: Do car owners have a remedy for a “sham” warranty?

Can you really say with confidence that a vehicle is “Built Ford Proud” if premature corrosion causes unsightly bubbling and blistering paint problems and the so-called “fix” allegedly knowingly masks the defect instead of repairing it? Well, Ford defects attorneys and their complaining Ford owners likely don’t think so.

After Ford started using aluminum panels instead of steel ones in certain vehicle models, the automaker began receiving complaints of corrosion and paint problems from owners of 2000 Expeditions, 2002 Explorers and 2005 Mustangs. The issue has sparked questions of breach of warranty and accusations that the automaker has offered a “sham” warranty that doesn’t solve the problem.

Upon internal investigation, the automaker reportedly issued the first of what would be several technical service bulletins (TSBs) over more than a decade in December, 2004 acknowledging that the bubbling and blistering paint is “due to iron contamination of the aluminum panel… [and] that the aluminum corrosion was caused by iron particles working their way into the aluminum body part, prior to it being painted”.  


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Consumer Protection Laws for Car Buyers

Q: Can I sue if my car doesn’t perform as promised?

Federal Consumer protection laws protect car buyers from auto manufacturers and dealers failing to stand behind their products and correct problems when their products fail. The federal law that governs consumer product warranty is this called The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. There also consumer protection laws on the state-level, which differ from state-to-state.

Breach of warranty claims against New Jersey and Pennsylvania automakers can arise as the result of a breach of either an express or an implied warranty.

Express warranties are written or oral statements the automaker voluntarily makes about their product– – such as advertising claims.

Conversely, an implied warranty, as its name states, it is not spoken or written but rather is an implied promise governed by state law. There are two different kinds of implied warranties:


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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Bill Would Affect New Jersey Used Car Dealer Sales

Q: Can used car dealers sell cars with outstanding auto recalls?

New Jersey consumer fraud attorneys are closely watching a measure impacting used car sales that's making its way through the New Jersey State Legislature.  Consumer watchdog groups claim the bill would "create a loophole in existing regulations that can help dealers pull one over on car buyers during the purchase and beyond".

The bill, already passed in the Senate, would reportedly allow car dealers in New Jersey to sell to consumers used vehicles with dangerous outstanding..


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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Frightening Possibilities of Car Hacking

Q: Are vehicle infotainment systems vulnerable to hackers?

When news reporters or neighbors tell stories of being “hacked”, it generally conjures up visuals of cybercriminals stealing our identities and personal financial information from our home computers or from other large databases that contain our private personal information.

As if that isn't scary enough, some Volkswagen and Audi vehicle owners and lessees—and maybe others-- may have additional hackers to fear. And no auto recall yet to save them.


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Monday, June 4, 2018

Are Side Blind Zone Alert Systems Safe?

Q: Will a side blind zone alert system auto recall be issued for the Cruze?

One of the most frustrating things about driving – –and a popular cause of many accidents--is the pesky side blind spot. Before changing lanes, drivers check their rearview mirror, then they check their side view mirror, but there's still a small spot where another vehicle could be traveling beside them in the next lane over but it isn’t visible in either of the driver’s mirrors. If the driver changes lanes with someone in their blind spot, an accident will likely occur.

Some people combat this problem by taking their eyes off the road and craning their necks to be sure it's safe to change lanes. Others pay extra for safety features on their new vehicles like side blind zone alert technology or (“SBZA”).


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tesla Production Hampered By Flawed Parts and Costly Rework

Consumers who purchase luxury automobiles have a right to expect their vehicles to meet high-performance standards. Nonetheless, defects can occur either during the design and manufacturing phases or in the parts supply chain, resulting in the need for costly repairs. This is the controversy currently facing Tesla as the luxury EV automaker has reportedly been manufacturing a high ratio of flawed parts and vehicles.

Given the distinction of the Tesla brand, pursuing claims against the automaker over unresolved vehicle defects can be challenging, which makes having the advice and guidance of an adept consumer law attorney essential.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

A Jolt from a Bolt

Q: Is the maker of a self-driving car responsible in a personal injury lawsuit for the car’s automatic actions?

After any kind of accident on the roadway, investigators attempt to reconstruct what happened so that liability for the crash can be established. Sometimes, one driver is at fault, other times multiple drivers, or even pedestrians are found liable for an accident.

But how is liability determined for a self-driving car? Is the driver of the car liable if the car changes lanes on its own and an accident occurs?


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Some Owners Have a Dim View of Cadillac

Q: What can I do if my headlights are dim or fail?

Cadillac. Its name was one of the earliest symbols of luxury in the automotive industry. Not only is it generally associated with success or being top-of-the-line, the term “Cadillac” has been used in songs throughout history, and has been used in non-automotive circles by marketers trying to benefit from the Cadillac name, birthing the comparative phrase "the Cadillac of x" for products and services like vacuums, health plans, and Christmas trees.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Love and Lubrication Makes a Subaru


Q: What can I do if my Subaru engine fails prematurely?

It’s been said that love makes a Subaru. Well, there are several Subaru owners who expect a bit more in their cars.

Subaru defects attorneys have learned of a proposed class action lawsuit regarding alleged defects and engine failure in 2009-2014 Subaru WRX and WRX-STI cars.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Regional Auto Recalls


Q: Can an auto recall be limited to certain regions of the country?

Sometimes, an auto recall problem-- such as a defective door latch-- becomes apparent quickly and only newer model vehicles are affected. Other times, like in the case of the massive Takata airbag recall previously reported on in this blog, the problem may not present itself for many years and may only involve older vehicles. These older model auto recall problems, like the recent Nissan Versa coil spring recall, may not present themselves until corrosion factors in.
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